Tue, Jul 19, 2011 - Page 3 News List

Family of slain captain vows protest next week

By Lee Hsin-yu  /  Staff Reporter

Angered by delays in the release of a US report on the death of fishing boat captain Wu Lai-yu (吳來于) in May during an anti-piracy operation off the waters of Somalia, members of Wu’s family yesterday said they would launch a protest outside the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Tuesday next week.

Despite attempts by Wu’s family to negotiate a ransom in the beginning of this year, the captain of the now sunk Jih Chun Tsai No. 68, died reportedly because he was caught in the crossfire between a US vessel and Somali pirates on May 10.

The pirates had been using the vessel as a mothership after it was seized on March 30 last year.

‘DISAPPOINTING’

The Liouciou Fishermen’s Union said Wu’s family had repeatedly asked the US to provide photographs, video footage and reports of the investigation, but so far the response from the US has been “disappointing.”

In a show of support, the union said it would accompany Wu’s wife to stage a protest in front of the AIT, it said.

The AIT has promised the investigation report would be made available by the middle of this month.

With the date having passed without the report being made available to Taipei, Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesperson Steve Shia (夏季昌) said on Sunday that he “hoped” the report would be available by next week.

NO NEWS

AIT spokesperson Sheila Paskman said the AIT had yet to receive news of the report and that once her office received information, it would forward it directly to the ministry.

Bruce Linghu (令狐榮達), director-general of the ministry’s Department of North American Affairs, said that when report is received the ministry would put together an intra-departmental team to go through it.

TRANSLATED BY JAKE CHUNG, STAFF WRITER

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